Arrested for DUI, Florida State cornerback P.J. Williams on Ravens' visit list, sources say

Florida State defensive back P.J. Williams runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Feb. 23.
Florida State defensive back P.J. Williams runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Feb. 23. (Julio Cortez / Associated Press)

Florida State standout cornerback P.J. Williams was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, according to Florida court records.

Williams' predraft visit list includes a trip to the Ravens' training complex, according to league sources.


One reason NFL teams meet with draft prospects is to have more time to get to know players and evaluate their character and personality. The Ravens have previously met with Nebraska pass rusher Randy Gregory, one of the top draft prospects. Gregory has acknowledged testing positive for marijuana at the NFL scouting combine.

Willams was also driving a rental car on a suspended license.


According to court records, Williams told university police he played football for the Seminoles and "just wanted to go home" prior to being transported to the Leon County Jail.

Williams has drawn first-round grades from analysts, but the timing of this incident could have a negative effect on his draft stock.

Williams has visited the Detroit Lions and worked out for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Williams is one of the top five cornerback prospects after declaring early for the draft following his junior season.

At the combine, Williams didn't run as fast as expected with a 4.57 time in the 40-yard dash. In the past, he'd been clocked at around 4.4. He did have a 40-inch vertical leap at the combine, bench pressed 225 pounds 12 times and had an 11-foot broad jump.

There's a viral video of Williams doing a box jump in a training session.

The 6-foot, 194-pound Williams was an All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection and was named the Defensive Most Valuable Player in the 2014 BCS national championship game, when he recorded seven tackles and an interception.

Williams played through hamstring problems last season but finished with 74 tackles (6.5 for loss) and one interception.

As a sophomore two years ago, Williams had three interceptions and led the team with 10 passes defended. He also played for the Seminoles as a true freshman.

"I definitely think somewhere at the top," Williams said at the combine when asked where he rates among the other cornerbacks. "Hopefully, I'll go as high as I can. Because of my physicality and the cornerback position, and being athletic enough to run with wide receivers and with me having the ability to make a lot of tackles."



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